Capital Fund—There are many pieces and parts required to run the Rutland Jewish Center, such as our new furnace, air conditioner and electrical system. A contribution to the Capital Fund goes directly toward capital expenses that the building requires or will predictably require in the future.
Community Cupboard—For many years, the RJC has focused on the Rutland Community Cupboard as an organization through which to channel our efforts to help the general community. Our members regularly bring in canned and other non-perishable food items, which are taken to the Community Cupboard, also known as “the food shelf.” Members may bring a few small items to the synagogue each time they come into the building.
Endowment Fund—Monies are invested and controlled by the Endowment Fund Committee to help ensure the future of the Rutland Jewish Center. Memorial funds are also held in the Endowment Fund, until the family decides on their use.
General Fund—Unrestricted gifts help RJC meet its basic needs: heating and cooling the building, salaries and benefits for employees, our dues to the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, insurance, utilities, supplies and all the many things small and large that constitute our ongoing needs.
High Holiday Appeal—Our largest fundraiser of the year is the annual High Holiday Appeal. The public appeal is always made on Yom Kippur, but many of our members make their commitment before Rosh Hashanah. Donors have the opportunity to designate which portion goes to the Rutland Jewish Center general fund and how much to send on to United Jewish Communities (formerly United Jewish Appeal), which serves as an umbrella organization for many Jewish charities, both domestic and international.
Light of Honor—The light in the entry foyer of the Rutland Jewish Center has been named the Light of Honor. Anyone may donate $18 in honor of an event in their own or someone else’s life. When people drive by the synagogue at night and see the light on in the entry foyer, they recall the honor for the week. The Light of Honor is appropriate to mark happy events or to memorialize loved ones who have passed on.
Mazon Fund—This fund is used to buy food for synagogue functions such as oneg Shabbat on Friday evenings, Saturday morning kiddush, and many other small events during the year. One may contribute to Mazon (which means “food” or “sustenance”) which helps us nurture our sense of community throughout the year.
Jacob & Lena Mehl Fund—This fund helps cover the cost of providing refreshments for special events and holiday celebrations.
Rabbi Discretionary Fund—Just as its name implies, this fund is overseen and administered by the Rabbi. It is used for a wide variety of purposes. RDF purchases books, software, sheet music and other small items needed by the synagogue for which the synagogue has no budget, and subsidizes some synagogue events such as the community seders for both Pesach and Tu B’Shvat. RDF also makes contributions to local charities such as Dismas House and BROC, as well as a few other appeals we receive. Some funds are also given directly, usually in cash, to transients and others in need. Annual contributions are also passed on to the Conservative movement’s Fuchsberg Center yeshiva in Jerusalem and the Jewish National Fund. Most importantly, RDF is often used to subsidize some of our own members in a confidential manner so that they may participate in some synagogue events that require a fee.There have also been circumstances in which members are aware of a person’s need and wish to help anonymously, thus enabling both parties to live by Maimonides’ highest level of tzedakah, by which both the donor and the recipient remain unknown to one another and (for the donor), by channeling these funds through the RDF, doing so in a tax-deductible manner.
Siddurim—We are always replenishing and adding to our stocks of various prayer books. Contributions are acknowledged on book plates within the volumes donated. We would love to build this fund so that in the near future we might replace our now rather dated Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur machzorim.
Tree of Life—The Tree of Life, which is for simachot and in honor of the living, is a way to remember significant events involving members and their families. For a contribution of $100 you may have a leaf engraved with names, dates and simachot.
Yahrzeit Plaques—Yahrzeit plaques are mounted on the tablets upstairs. They are engraved with the name of the deceased and the Hebrew and English dates of passing. The contribution for each yahrzeit plaque is $275.
Yahrzeit Yearly Donations—Members are sent annual reminders a week or so in advance of the yahrzeit (anniversary of the death) of loved ones. It is proper to make a special contribution to tzedekah (charity) to honor the memory of the person whose yahrzeit is being observed. Many of our members observe the occasion according to long-standing Jewish tradition with a small donation (often $18, which represents chai (life), or multiples thereof, $36, $54, etc.).
Youth Education Fund—The RJC has a policy to keep our fees for Hebrew School and Youth Group as low as possible—indeed, far less than the cost of providing these services, even with volunteer teachers. Sisterhood is a major regular contributor to this fund, which also has enabled us in the past few years to provide special activities for Youth Group, such as renting a 15-passenger van for a trip to Burlington, a surprise trip to the Salt Cave, and other events.
Donations are tax-deductible.
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Send donations to:
Rutland Jewish Center, 96 Grove Street, Rutland, VT 05701
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in honor or memory of a person or event.